Prayers for the New Pope Francis

“Habemus papam” – We have a pope – was the announcement made by Gregory Parkes (Bishop) on the Thursday night during a service and wishing the newly elected pope.

Parkes is the head of the Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee and he said “We gather here today to rejoice, to provide thanks and to pray. We rejoice and give thanks today that indeed, ‘habemus papam’, we have a new pope. Today we gather as God’s faithful to pray for Pope Francis, new pope, that may be the shepherd that God has called him to be.

Hymns were sung, prayers were lifted up for new Pope Francis and communication was held during the service at Sacred Heart Cathedral. About fifteen priests from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, some local Catholics and children from the Sacred Heart Cathedral School attended the service.

Many people who attended the service called this a historical time for the Church, stressing the value of lifting up Pope through prayers and service to the church. The pastor at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Milton, Monsignor Stephen Bosso said “In my opinion, it’s very, very historic. First of all, you have a cardinal which is Hispanic. Hispanics are about 40% of the population of the church. I guess it’s very appropriate that he comes from South America.”

Pensacola’s Kelly Brown brought her 5 children to the service to show support for Francis, whom she said they’ll continue to support as long as he follows God. Brown Said “I thinks it was really so important to us and our children to come. He is our leader and we know he is safe and God guides him.”

Another woman Debra Kummer said that although she was sad to see Pope Benedict leaving, she was excited to see the new leader of the Catholic Church.

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